Building Your Own First Aid Kit

As mentioned earlier this week, I recently taught an Emergency First Aid Fundamentals (EFAF) mini course about building your own first aid kit. What a great class! We reviewed the first aid kit module from USCCA’s EFAF class, then discussed scaling of kits, which takes one from a personal comfort (or “booboo”) kit that will fit in a purse, briefcase, or the like, all the way up through a household kit, a car kit, and a shooting range/outdoor activity kit.

To keep the focus on the kits and discussion, rather than attendees needing to write down links, I sent out the resource list after class. I’m providing them for you here, as well, in the hopes of helping you find what you’re looking for. I’m going to leave links visible instead of embedded in the text, in case you want to print the list for future reference vs coming back to a blog post.

Now, let’s get started! Of note: NONE of the following links are affiliate links and I receive no compensation of any type for sharing them. They are simply organizations and/or manufacturers I have been pleased with in meeting my own training and supply needs. Caveat emptor. Continue reading

National Preparedness Month 2021: Week Three

This week’s focus for National Preparedness Month is “Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness”.

Natural disasters don’t wait for a convenient time. Preparing for them shouldn’t wait either. Start today by signing up for alerts, safe-guarding important documents, and taking other low cost and no cost preparedness actions to lessen the impact of disasters and emergencies for you and your family.

You might be surprised how many things you can do to prepare that are free or extremely low in cost! I’ve covered a few here on my blog and have written several articles about this as well. (Check for them in the links on my portfolio page. I’m particularly proud of these: “18 Simple Habits That Create a Prepared Mindset” and “Twenty Ways You Can Prepare Today Part 1”  /“Twenty Ways You Can Prepare Today Part 2”.)

In addition, here are some suggestions from FEMA’s website:

  • Download or order your free preparedness products to help your family plan and prepare for the next emergency.
  • Drills aren’t just for your toolbox. Practice emergency drills with your family regularly. 
  • Emergencies can happen anytime, and less than half of American families have a communication plan. Plan ahead: 
  • Make preparing fun for kids! Go on a scavenger hunt around your house for items you already have to add to your disaster supply kit. Follow this list: and see how many items you can check off!
  • Know what disasters and hazards could affect your area, how to get emergency alerts, and where you would go if you and your family need to evacuate. Visit:

Speaking of low-and-no cost preparedness, you may have noticed that I mention getting training pretty frequently. Stop by later this week and check out the list of first aid training and supplies I’ve compiled. I recently taught an Emergency First Aid Fundamentals class and in gathering links for the attendees, I realized they might be handy for you as well. There are even links to companies and organizations offering FREE emergency medical training, such as a Stop the Bleed course – can’t beat that!

National Preparedness Month 2021: Week Two

This week’s step for National Preparedness Month is to Build a Kit!

Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.

If you need ideas for what to put in your kit, you can get checklists and information on, as well as information about how to properly store and rotate your supplies. Be sure to check out the tabs with additional information such as preparing for seniors or how to prepare kits for pets and livestock. These are special populations that we may need very specific supplies for, just as we need to account for items for pregnant/post-partum individuals and babies. Assess what is needed for YOUR situation and prepare accordingly. Many items may already be around the house – they’ll just need to be gathered to a location that is accessible for use in the home or easy removal if you need to evacuate the area.

Don’t forget, there may be helpful articles in my portfolio links, as well as useful articles by other folks at those websites. Be sure to check them out via the portfolio tab above!

National Preparedness Month 2021

Hello, all! Long time, no chat. It will still be a bit before I sit down and write a catch-up post, but I can’t let September go by without sharing about emergency preparedness!

Here in the United States, September is National Preparedness Month. That means that our emergency preparedness agencies are trying to provide information that can be used at the household and community organization level to help create resilience and mitigate risk. This year’s theme is “Prepare to Protect” – and frankly, I love it. The concept that “preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love” is one I’ve espoused for many, many years now. (So much so that some friends and family are probably tired of hearing it. HAHA!)

Each week there are tasks that you can do that fall in line with FEMA’s Ready Campaign, and Continue reading

Reading & Knitting ~ 1 January 2021

Happy New Year, everyone!

In addition to the larger 2021 goals I recently shared (in my 2020 review post), I have some smaller daily goals that are just habit/routine focused. These include things like drinking a certain amount of water, specific bed and waking times, and the plan to read and knit daily – so I thought I’d start sharing what I’m reading and knitting every few weeks. I hope these posts give you some ideas of books to add to your own reading list. If you’re a fiber crafter, I do still have a Ravelry account; I’m not there frequently, but I’m happy to connect with you there if you like!

That said, here’s what I’m working on this first week of January, 2021:

Current knitting projects: a pair of socks for myself, using the Churchmouse Basic Sock pattern and Black Trillium Fibre Studio’s Pebble Sock yarn, in the Iris colorway; and a sweater for my son, using the Flax Light pattern from Tin Can Knits and Knit Picks’ Stroll Tonal yarn, in the Frozen colorway.

As for reading – in print, I’m currently reading The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali for coursework for the 500-hour RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) training I’m enrolled in. On Overdrive, I’m currently reading Unplug by Suze Yalof Schwartz. Next up in that app are The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs and Warrior Goddess Training by HeatherAsh Amara. On Kindle, I’m reading Beyond Labels: A Doctor and a Farmer Conquer Food Confusion One Bite at a Time, by Dr. Sina McCullough and Joel Salatin.