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Hey Fellow Preppers!

This is my first of what I hope is many contributions to the forum in appreciation for everyone's advice, information and suggestions through their posts.

The Challenge
The first step in laying out our family’s Bug Out and Bug In Plans was to win the hearts and minds of my wife and daughter. The biggest challenge was my teenage daughter who had experienced a number of good sized earthquakes in her life which has left her a little skittish on the whole topic of emergency preparedness. So the question was raised, “How do I introduce the idea of prepping to her without filling her full of anxiety about the coming onslaught of brain eating zombie armageddon?” Baby steps... baby steps.

The Idea
My daughter attends school just 2 miles from our home – about an hour leisurely walk. So what I thought I would do was to put together something that would serve as her EDC for everyday emergencies but would be innocuous enough it so it wouldn’t be a glaring constant reminder that the next Big One is a foregone eventuality.

That’s when I came up with my twist on the BOAT (Bug Out Altoids Tin) or survival tin. For lack of a better term, I called it the GHAT or “Get Home Altoids Tin”. In the event of an emergency whether it be a minor cut, an allergy attack, lost wallet or an earthquake, the primary focus of her GHAT was to:
  • take care of her immediate needs,
  • get her home or a safe place,
  • provide some type of assurance that everything is going to be okay and
  • ease her into emergency preparedness.



The Contents

(1) Set of house keys
(1) Transit Card with $10 fare
(1) Emergency Whistle
(1) Mini Pocket Knife (80’s swag)
(tweezers, scissor, knife, flat head screwdriver, file and a coke spoon?)
(1) Backup Battery (charged) for her Blackberry
(1) DIY cut down ballpoint pen

(1) OTC Med Pack
  • (4) Advil
  • (4) Tylenol
  • (2) Benadryl
  • (2) Sudafed
  • (1) Zyrtec
  • (2) Gas-X
  • (3) Imodium
(1) Triple Antibiotic Packet, .9g
(2) Bandages
(3) Sheets of Paper

(1) Customized 10 page Mini Instructions*
  • “Stop, Think, Observe, Plan”
  • “Keep Calm” (reassurance)
  • “Family’s Get Home Plan” (bullet points of our detailed plan)
  • “How to Use Cell Phones in Emergencies”
  • “Stay or Go” (preplanned alternate safety locations)
  • “On the Way Home” (how not to be a victim)
  • “Once You Get Home” (going through the checklist)
  • “Securing the House”
  • “Important Phone Numbers”
  • “Med Pack Descriptions/Dosage”

$20 (1 x $10, 2 x $5)
Family Photo
Starburst Candy

* I did some research on the aftermaths of earthquakes and another natural disasters and took just bullet points and put them together in this insert.
 

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Seeing that the rest of the family was getting their own Get Home solutions, I wanted a little piece of the action and make my own.

I work nights and within 5 miles of our home. This GHAT was to augment my current EDC which includes a Leatherman Wave and the emergency FAK that our office already has in place.



The Contents

(1) Set of house keys (taped to lid with duct tape)
(1) Transit Card with $10 fare
(1) Streamlight Nano
(1) "Leatherman" Micra 9-in-1 Multitool *
(1) Backup Battery (charged) for Droid X
(1) DIY cut down ballpoint pen

(1) OTC Med Pack
  • (8) Advil
  • (2) Benadryl
  • (2) Sudafed
  • (1) Zyrtec
  • (4) Imodium
(1) BIC Lighter (secured)
(2) Bandages
(2) Sheets of Paper
$22 (1 x $20, 2 x $1)
Family Photo

* Interesting story about the "Leatherman". I was looking for the REAL deal on eBay and instead found a real DEAL. I suspected it was knock off but for $1.99 shipped it was hard to pass up. Plus if it didn't fit in my GHAT, it would not be that tragic. Took close to a month to arrive from overseas but I was surprised at the quality and decided to keep it in my GHAT.

Well I hope you found this interesting. I'd appreciate any comments or suggestions.

We're putting the finishing touches on my wife's GHB and our BOB FAK. I'll post pics and their write-ups when their done.

Thanks!
 

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A VIC classic would be better than that mini pocket knife.
The "coke spoon" is for cuticles.
You can get a mini multi tool in fishing section at Walmart.
How about a big bandaid that fits AT? Sometimes 2 little ones won't cover wound.
I have micro Sharpie in mine.
+1 on the Nano.
How do the meds like being mixed together?
 

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BTW, I'm watching "Cloverfield" on MTV, how would you fare mass exodus with what's in your pocket?
Playing the percentages here. Living in quake country, even after something as big as the one that hit Japan, we'll in all likelihood make it home before the evacuation order is given. Once home, we'll I would have access to our three person BOB, BIB, First Aid/Trauma Kit and firearm cache.

If on the other hand we were attacked by a 350ft monster, I'll use my EDC Motorola Droid X and with a rogue app that I downloaded to call in a F/A-18 airstrike out of NAS Lemoore and maybe an A-10 strike out of Davis-Monthan AFB for good measure. Oh... how I love the GAU-8.
 

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You might want to add some post-its. They're small and you might want to leave a message somewhere. A crayon (in a baggie) might be good for similar reasons, plus it writes in the wet and on skin.
 

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Lil' Miss GraveTrain's GHAT V2.0

Just a quick update and a heads up. In my original post, I indicated that the first GHAT was for my daughter. The contents of my first attempt kept within the "spirit" of her school's zero-tolerance for drugs and "weapons".

That being said and after some compelling debates and warnings from other preppers with children (seawind among them), I was convinced to remove all of the loose OTC meds and replace them individual/blister packs. I also left out the pocket "knife". Here's the updated list:




(1) Set of house keys
(1) Transit Card with $10 fare (taped to lid)
(1) Emergency Whistle
(1) Backup Battery (charged) for her Blackberry
(1) DIY cut down ballpoint pen

(1) OTC Meds

(2) Advil
(2) Tylenol
(3) Benadryl
(3) Sudafed
(2) Gas-X
(3) Imodium

(1) Triple Antibiotic Packet, .9g
(2) Bandages
(3) Sheets of Paper

(1) Customized 10 page Mini Instructions

“Stop, Think, Observe, Plan”
“Keep Calm” (reassurance)
“Family’s Get Home Plan” (bullet points of our detailed plan)
“How to Use Cell Phones in Emergencies”
“Stay or Go” (preplanned alternate safety locations)
“On the Way Home” (how not to be a victim)
“Once You Get Home” (going through the family's post emergency checklist)
“Securing the House”
“Important Phone Numbers”
“Med Pack Descriptions/Dosage”

$20 (1 x $10, 2 x $5)
Family Photo
Starburst Candy

Maintenance

The maintenance plan is to recharge her phone battery four times during the school year based on her midterm and final schedules. The meds will be rotated at the beginning of every school year.
 

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What a great idea, on several levels. I agree about removing the knife... while it's a handy tool, our schools have become ridiculous with the zero tolerance crap. She could get in a lot of trouble.

My daughter went to school across town, (past tense, she's in college very far away now) and required a bit more of everything for a get home situation. What we did was bury a small cache just off school property. That way it could include a knife, mace, etc without causing any problems. (Although since it was a private school, they used judgement instead of zero tolerance, but this seemed like a better idea anyway, as it allowed us to store a bunch of stuff that she wouldn't need or want to carry daily)

Az
 

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Excellent job working with you're daughter. Two things...

First, going with a small multi-tool (key chain size) rather than a pocket knife would probably be fine, but you can always check with the school first. Maybe if you wrap the multi-tool in duct tape so that it's not "easy access" they wouldn't feel it was a threat, and she'd have duct tape.

Second, some sort of emergency water purification. The ideal thing might be a simple filter straw.

Amazon.com: Water Filter Straw, Frontier Emergency Water Filter System for Emergency Disaster Preparedness, Survival Kits, Survival Packs, Survival Gear, Camping,: Sports & Outdoors

In many natural disasters, access to water is often difficult, so this would be a nice, compact, short-term solution.
 

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why do you have 2 house keys? If you need 2 keys to unlock your door you should have you locks rekeyed to use 1 key. There is alot of fumbling around trying to get the right key if your kid is pressured and nervous. Also it's just easier on a daily basis.
 

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why do you have 2 house keys? If you need 2 keys to unlock your door you should have you locks rekeyed to use 1 key. There is alot of fumbling around trying to get the right key if your kid is pressured and nervous. Also it's just easier on a daily basis.
Gate before the door to keep the :zombie out.

That's what we get for living in the city. She been taught that the gate key is in her hand before getting there. Once behind the gate she shuts it then opens the door. She gets in pretty darned quick.
 

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can you post non specific examples of the mini instructions?
First a caveat: this set of instructions was specifically designed for MY child in the event of an EARTHQUAKE or evacuation of her school. In no way am I an official, local, state or federal emergency specialist. Please feel free to use my sample to customize instructions geared to your child, their age and their specific situation. Thanks!

This is a a 10 panel pamphlet designed in MS Word to fit in an Altoids tin, you can make it as big as you need it. Be careful of information overload.

Panel #1: S.T.O.P (Stop, Think, Observe, Plan)
STOP – Don’t Panic! Sit down, take a deep breath, collect yourself. Whatever happened to get you here is past and cannot be undone. It will only get worse if you panic.

THINK: Think first. Take a second to think about what you will do next. Don’t do anything without thinking it through.

OBSERVE: Look around. Evaluate your situation. Where are you? Where do you need to be? How will you get there?

PLAN: Follow the plan we put together as a family. You may have to adjust a few things depending on the situation.​

Panel #2: KEEP CALM

NOT AS BAD... Things are always worse in your imagination. Yeah, it sucks right now, but you NEED to get it together. Keep calm!

REMEMBER: We love you lots. We’re always with you. It may not be right this minute, but Mom and Dad are working to get back to you as quickly as possible. Our number one priority is to be together.

BE BRAVE: We need for you to be brave. You’re strong and you can do it. You need to take steps to ensure your own safety. Trust yourself.

FOCUS: There are a lot of things you must to do to get home. Take a deep breath, come up with a plan, double-check and execute. Just take it one step at a time!​

Panel #3: THE PLAN

Include bullet points of your family's emergency plan.
  • Who
  • What
  • Where
  • When
  • How

Panel #4: CELL PHONES

“ALL CIRCUITS ARE BUSY ...” If you try to use your cell phone right after an emergency, you will probably get this message. Emergency Services takes over the cell phone service for emergencies leaving only a little bandwidth for everyone else.

TEXT FIRST: Texting has a higher chance of going even when calls cannot. It may take longer but it will get through.

LEAVE VM:
If you get through but no one answers, leave voicemail regularly, let us know you’re okay, where you’re at and what is your plan . SPARE

BATTERY: Go easy on the phone. Conserve battery power. Your kit has a spare battery.​

Panel #5: STAY OR GO?

STAY PUT: If school insists that you stay at there because it‘s safer, hang out with friends and stay put.

GO HOME: You’re only about 2 miles away from home, 40 minutes walking. Take a bus if you can, but if you have to walk... start walking. GO STRAIGHT HOME.

FRIEND’S HOUSE: Go to your friend’s house ONLY if it is between school and home. Don’t head towards any other direction other than home. If you get to your friends house and it’s not a good situation, HEAD HOME.

LET US KNOW WHERE YOU ARE: No matter where you end up, call us, leave a message or text us with your location and your next plan of action.​

Panel #6: ON THE WAY HOME
WALK W/ PURPOSE: Don’t walk around looking scared, crying or lost. Before setting off, determine your route, walk confidently at a steady pace.

HEAD ON A SWIVEL: Keep your head up! Make eye contact with everyone walking toward you. Periodically check behind you. Keep your headphones off. Stay alert!

BE ANGRY: It’s okay to be angry. Replace fear with anger. Always better to look angry than scared.

KEEP WALKING: Go straight to your destination. Don’t stop for anything, not even to help someone or answer questions. If police or fireman redirect you, find a way around but always head for home.​

Panel #7: ONCE YOU'RE AT HOME

NEIGHBORS: Check in with neighbors and see if they are home. If you can, have an adult check out the house to make sure it’s safe. If you want to stay with one of them, leave a message or note.

ROTTEN EGGS:
if it smells like gas is leaking, leave the house. Leave a note to tell us where, when and who you are with.

HOUSE CHECK:
If you decide to stay, don’t freak out about the stuff that is broken all of that stuff can be replaced. Keep your shoes on, try to make a clear space for yourself and stay warm.​

PANEL #8: BE SAFE

LOCK THE DOOR: make sure that the gate is secure and lock both locks on the door. Lock the door leading from the garage.

DON’T ANSWER THE DOOR:
do not open the door for anyone you don’t know. If it is Police or Fire Department, or Gas/Water Department, check for a car or truck. Even then ask for identification from behind the gate.

KEEP KEYS HANDY: make sure your house keys are with you at all times, in your pocket or on your arm.

USE THE LANDLINE: the phones directly connected to the walls will work with the power out. Start calling people on our list. If you get a busy signal, hang up the phone, wait a few minutes and try again until you get a tone​

Panel #9: IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

You may not get through to local numbers but here are a few number for friends outside of our state.

If you get a answering machine, leave details of where you are, how you are and what are your plans. Call back often with status updates.

List Important Phone Numbers​


Panel #10: FIRST AID LIST

Enter list of included OTC meds, their descriptions and dosages​
 

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Shopping at our local Asian Dollar Store and came across a role of self adhesive "Magnet Tape". Got it home and cut a length off and stuck it to the bottom of my daughter's Get Home Altoids Tin. Just to make sure it worked I stuck it to a metal ruler so that I could demo it.



Now she will be able to hide it anywhere inside her locker and it'll be there when she needs it.

Gotta get around to taking an updated family picture to include into with her kit then she's ready to be deployed.:)
 
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