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The Knoppix Thumb Drive (KTD) Project

Claire Wolfe over at Living Freedom sent me an email last night around 10:00. Of course, I’d been sleeping for an hour and a half when it hit my inbox. A reader of hers, Scott, has a project going that will put 600 + preparedness documents in a thumb drive. Don’t know if you can get one by Christmas for stocking stuffing, but I’m ordering one today.

Like Dirt Road Girl, Scott is fighting cancer. He’s working to put a little (very little) extra money into his pocket with this project. If you’re so inclined, get one ordered today. I have no financial interest in Scott’s project. I just love preparedness and support folks who show initiative, love liberty, and build self-reliance. I’ve added Claire’s post about the project below. To order, just follow the links.

Still doing the stuff,



Practical preparedness essential; everybody should have this

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

The first entry in our “Two Weeks of Sanity” was inspirational. Now for the practical. Not just the practical — the essential.

You already know about the DIY Knoppix Thumb Drive Preparedness Project dreamed up by Mark/Greylocke. It puts 600+ preparedness documents at your fingertips — bootable on nearly any USB-capable computer. Carryable in an emergency. Great for a bug-out bag or any prepper stash. The only catch: it’s been a do-it-yourself project (and I confess, beyond the likes of me).

Reader Scott said he’d like to set up a mini-business supplying ready-made KTD drives. And with Greylocke’s cooperation, he’s done it.

Now, for just $10 above the cost of the thumb drive itself, you can get a ready-made bootable drive with vast amounts of preparedness/survival information on it. Just $30. Postpaid. For all that.

Scott’s making one for me right now.

For the few dollars extra, I hope you’ll send some business to Scott. Who went through a lot to set this up. Who has cancer. And who’s a dedicated reader of this blog. Besides, the DIY version is WERK!

Everybody should have one — or two or three — KTDs stashed various places. And how about telling prepper friends and neighbors about them, also?

NFI on my part. And frankly, not all that much FI on Scott’s, considering the amount of work involved.

You want an effective way to fight the bastards? Be ready not to need the bastards.


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Guest Article: The Best Free Medical References for Preppers, by Greg Ellifritz

It could evolve as systems are stressed after a natural disaster.  It could be caused by a terrorist attack.  It could even be the result of a societal or economic collapse.  Have you ever thought about what might happen if our current health care system (EMS, Doctors, Hospitals, and Pharmacies) ceased to function normally?

What would you do if you couldn’t go to your doctor, all of the hospitals were shut down, all of the pharmacies closed, and no one answered the phone when you called 911?  You would be on your own.  You would have to take care of yourself and your family members with the knowledge and supplies you currently have.  Could you do it?

Many people have been forced to care for themselves due to partial or full system collapses in recent history.  Think about these events:
– Hurricane Katrina in 2005
– The 2006 Tsunami in Thailand
– The 2010 Haitian Earthquake
– The 2011Earthquake, Tsunami, and Fukushima Nuclear Disaster in Japan

Those were just the big ones.  There have been countless other natural disasters on a slightly smaller scale.  Besides the natural events, think about what happened in New York City when the Twin Towers were brought down.  Think about the economic collapse that affected Argentina for several years.  Think about the societal collapse in the Balkans in the early 1990s.

In each of these events, medical care was limited or non-existent.  All of the residents affected had to take care of themselves.  I ask again: could you do it?

In order to be successful, you have to have knowledge.  With the right medical knowledge, you can acquire, create, or improvise many of the supplies you may need.  Fortunately in this digital age, there is a lot of knowledge freely available on the Internet.  The difficulty lies in sorting through all the rubbish and trying to discern good information from bad.

Well, I’ve done the work for you.  Below are links to the best available free videos and publications on the internet.  These resources are designed primarily for the person who is not a medical professional.  Most speak in relatively clear language without too much technical jargon.  With a little work, anyone reading these books should be able to understand the concepts.  Almost all of these references address the issue of austere medical care…what to do when you have relatively untrained practitioners, limited equipment, and no one coming to help.  These are the facts and skills you will need to learn if you want to take care of yourself in a system-collapse medical emergency.

Where There is No Doctor
The most widely-used health care manual for health workers, educators, and others involved in primary health care delivery and health promotion programs around the world.  While you are visiting this site, make sure you also download “Where There is No Dentist”, “Where Women Have No Doctor” and “A Book For Midwives”.  All are excellent resources. Print versions are also available as well.

These books are a great introduction to primary care in an austere environment, offering useful information for handling everyday medical problems by unskilled caregivers with minimal access to resources. but the advice often ends with “and transport patient to definitive medical care”.  That may not be enough when there is no definitive care available.

US Army Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) Correspondence Course
“When you have casualties on the battlefield, you must determine the sequence in which the casualties are to be treated and how to treat their injuries. This subcourse discusses the procedures for performing tactical combat casualty care; treating injuries to the extremities, chest, abdominal, and head; and controlling shock.”
This course was developed by the United States Army, but the lessons contained within are the battlefield medical protocols utilized by all branches of the US Military.  These are the absolute best practices for handling traumatic injuries without professional medical intervention.

Combat Lifesaver Home Study Course
This is the “advanced” version of the basic TCCC protocols course above.  It is a self- guided home study course that is academically equivalent to the class that many soldiers going into combat receive.

Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook (2001)  
This book is a little more complex than the other ones above, but it is still a very valuable reference.  There are more current print versions available, but the latest books don’t vary greatly from the free version found at the link.

Survival and Austere Medicine, An Introduction (2nd edition)

This is simply one of the best wilderness and primitive medical books available anywhere!  It covers every conceivable topic including drugs, kits, herbal remedies, disease treatment, trauma, and dentistry.  It also has a very comprehensive list of reference material to look at for additional study.

Ship Captain’s Medical Guide

Although primarily concerned with emergencies at sea, this book is an excellent medical guide for a variety of conditions written so that the lay reader can diagnose, understand, and treat most common medical conditions in the absence of more definitive care.  It contains good basic coverage of hygiene, nursing and medical care with limited on-hand resources.  Like “Where There is No Doctor”, the treatment sections often end with somewhat impractical advice for a grid-down scenario.  “Access medical counsel via ship radio” may not be appropriate for your situation.

Operational Medicine Videos
For those of you who prefer to learn skills by watching video rather than reading, this is your site!  It is a treasure trove of archived military medical videos on almost every topic available.

Medical Drugs and Equipment for the Team Physician
A great listing of equipment and drugs for treating all types of injuries in athletes.  In a survival situation, everyone will have to become an athlete.  This is a great overall list of gear (and drugs) to have if you plan on taking care of a large group of people or you have a larger family.

Journal of Special Operations Medicine
An archive of more than 10 years’ worth of journals for continuing education of military medics.  Check out each year’s “Training Supplement” for the latest guidance about how to treat virtually any common medical conditions in the field with minimal equipment.  If I had only one resource to download, this “Training Supplement” would be it.

Before you dig in and get started, I have a couple of caveats….

Reading these books and stockpiling some supplies is not the same as attending medical school!  If the healthcare system is functioning properly, use it!  Save the knowledge in these books for when you really need it.

Also, there is no substitute for experience.  If you have a greater interest in these subjects, classes are available.  You will learn much more in a hands-on classroom environment than you will by just reading alone.  Medical classes for non-medical personnel are sprouting up nationwide.  You can find classes in every subject from Tactical Medicine to Third-World Medicine to Wilderness/Backcountry Medical skills.  I’ve taken many of these kinds of classes and even teach some.  They are all valuable.  The first time that you place a tourniquet should be in class, not on the battlefield!

I have one more tip for you….

If you anticipate needing these kinds of skills, think about the environment in which you will be practicing.  Don’t just save these to your computer.  If there are power outages or if there is an EMP event, your computer won’t likely work.  Print them out or order the books in hard copy form.  There’s nothing like having a real book when the lights go out!

If you want to learn more and buy some actual hard copy books for reference material, it would be a good investment.  I recommend the following:

Be safe and learn these skills before you need them!

About the Author: Greg Ellifritz is a 16-year veteran police officer. He is currently assigned as the full-time training officer for a suburban police department, responsible for developing and instructing all of his agency’s in-service training. With a passion for adventure travel, Greg spends an average of six weeks a year exploring Third World countries.  Recognizing that his travels often take him far away from established medical care, he has taken numerous wilderness, tactical and military medical care classes since 2003 and is a certified Tactical First Aid Instructor and Emergency Trauma Management Instructor.   Having provided medical care for both himself and his traveling companions in austere conditions on five continents, he now teaches medical courses for police officers, corporations and individuals through his company, Active Response Training.

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