Disaster preparation kit

Duct Tape- it has a billion and one uses. I have been surprised to read that quite a few lefty bloggers have spent a lot of time mocking the inclusion of duct tape in FEMA’s emergency kit list. Frankly, and I do not say this lightly, this is stupid behavior. Ask around any EMTs you know and see what they think about the practicality of duct tape. Google Duct Tape in an emergency. It can be used to close wounds (the five people who died of infection contracted in the water had open wounds). It can be used to seal windows and doors with a sheet or plastic. It can be used to cobble together a splint, a crutch, and even, I understand, a small raft. The astronauts take it into space.

Or go here to read all the medical uses (some silly, some deadly earnest) people have found for duct tape.

Print out the list, buy the duct tape ( or duck tape) and some electric tape while you’re at it, and add it to your kit.

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  1. Mama Squirrel
    Posted September 9, 2005 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Red Green would be proud of ya.

  2. B. Durbin
    Posted September 14, 2005 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    Superglue is wonderful for closing clean cuts. (There’s a medical brand, colored blue; the use of glue to close wounds was used in the Gulf War to great effect.)

    Duct tape, glue, wire, and string. Never understimate the power of a good nylon twine. (And, of course, your matches in their waterproof container are good to seal the ends of nylon twine.)

  3. B. Durbin
    Posted September 17, 2005 at 1:48 am | Permalink

    P.S. There’s some debate about which came first, “duct” tape or “duck” tape; Duck Tape is the original brand. Moreover, until recently, sealing ducts was one thing you were NOT supposed to do!

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