SABRE Emergency Eye Wash Adapter

The SABRE Emergency Eye Wash Adapter turns any  water bottle into an eye wash station.  The unique design was created to help Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders flush contaminants from their eyes.  Perfect for emergency kits, car glove compartments, EDC bags, first aid kits and more.

Emergency Eye Wash Adapter

How Does The SABRE Emergency Eye Wash Adapter Work

Three simple steps is all it takes to remove contaminants from the eye, including pepper spray.

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Insert SABRE Eye Wash Adapter into water bottle

Twist SABRE Eye Wash Adapter onto bottle to create a tight seal

Gently squeeze the bottle to create a water fountain helping flush contaminants from the eye

Because this device flushes your contaminants out of your eye with a double stream of water, you most likely are going to get a little wet.  Don’t worry.  You’ll dry.

Pro Tip: Our  Simple 72 Hour Kit and Checklists post will give you more valuable ideas on how to compile your own emergency kits.

Real Life Applications

I can remember my kids being little and getting ‘grit’ in their eyes. They simply couldn’t hold their eyes open for eye drops to relieve the discomfort, and blinking into a small cup was no better. Because the SABRE Emergency Eye Wash Adapter puts out two streams of water, it’s able to clean out the eyes faster and easier.

Every summer we face wild fires on the mountains surrounding our home. The smoke in the air makes our eyes tired and sore. Being able to flush our eyes out with a water bottle and Sabre Emergency Eye Wash Adapter provides relief from the debris filled air.

In Conclusion

The SABRE Emergency Eye Wash Adapter works best on water bottles made from harder plastic, NOT the thin plastic like many store brands of water bottles. It also works great on empty, well cleaned 16 ounce soda bottles.

Pro Tip: Store your adapter taped to a water bottle you know it will fit with.

An Israeli Bandage In Every Emergency Kit

The Israeli Bandage  was created by the Israeli Defense Force to save lives during combat. The pressure applicator on an Israeli Bandage exerts 30 pounds of pressure to a wound area, effectively treating the bleeding from a traumatic hemorrhagic wound.   A sterile dressing that can be used for many kinds of wounds, it should be in every emergency kit.

Why There Must Be An Israeli Bandage In Every Emergency Kit

What Can The Israeli Bandage In Your Emergency Kit Do?

The Israeli Bandage is highly versatile. Use it for puncture wounds, deep lacerations, and even gunshot wounds. The wrap will bind a splint in place, and used as a tourniquet.

How To Use An Israeli Bandage

1. First, open the outer and sterile inner packaging.

2. Next, place the sterile pad over the wound in such a way that the pressure applicator is off set, or to the side of the wound. Use the the long end of the wrap to wrap over the sterile pad, and under and over the pressure applicator, wrapping tightly.

3. Use the closure bar to keep the emergency bandage closed.

Confused? Don’t worry. You’ll find the simple to follow directions for the emergency bandage on the back of every package package.

Emergency Israeli Bandage

PRO TIP: Purchase an extra Israeli Bandage to practice with. Also, teach your kids how to place an Israeli Bandage.

How This Bandage Can Save You Money and Space In Your Emergency Kit.

Because you add this emergency wrap to your first aid kit, you can remove triangular bandages, large dressings, and bulky rolls of gauze.

What Sizes Do Emergency Bandages Come In?

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You will find these bandages in the following sizes:

4 inch width

6 inch width

12 inch width that is designed to be used for abdominal injuries and amputations.

Pro Tip:  Finally, add a package of QuikClot Advanced Clotting Hemostatic Gauze for more serious wounds.

Get Serious About Your Medical Gear

The most Simple 72 Hour Kits and Checklists must include an Israeli Bandage. While you’re at it, add one to each of your car emergency kits too.

Have you ever used an Emergency Bandage like this one?

Survive Hurricane Season Prepping Checklist

The 2018 hurricane season is predicted to be even worse than 2017. It seems like every year people wait until the storm warnings begin to think about getting prepared. Don’t find yourself standing in long lines for the bare basics to survive hurricane season. Get your family ready now.

Survive Hurricane Checklist

Don’t Fall For These Hurricane Myths

First of all, lets get some of the myths associated with hurricanes out of the way, shall we?

Myth #1: Tape Your Windows Before A Hurricane. Nope. When high winds hit an untaped window, the pieces of glass shatter into a zillion pieces. However, when high winds hit a taped window, the pieces of glass break into big pieces that could really do damage to you. The zillion little pieces might take longer to clean up, but at least you’ll still be able to clean them up.

Myth #2: Crack Open Your Windows To Stabilize Pressure. Buildings aren’t airtight. They aren’t going to explode during a hurricane. But, opening a window will allow violent wind into your home. And when that wind gets in, it’s going to look for a violent way out.

Myth #3: I Only Need To Board Up The Windows Facing The Water Since when do hurricane winds only blow in one direction? Plus, boarding up your windows protects things from the outside flying through your windows into you home.  BTW, if you do plan to board up your windows, have them pre-cut and ready to go.

PRO TIP:  *this post contains affiliate links Each window you board up will require 4 windstorm window clips.  Get them before the storm season starts.

Myth #4: Leaning Against A Door Or Window Being Blown In By Wind Pressure Will Save It From Breaking. Blink. For the love of Pete, if it looks like a window or door is bending due to fierce winds, get the hell away from it.

Myth #5: Hurricanes Only Strike The Coasts. I’m Too Far Inland. Famous Last words.

How To Survive Hurricane Season

It’s important to be stay informed during hurricane season, and be aware of potential storms. You are going to need to know when to evacuate and have a plan in place of where to go.  Learn Community Evacuation routes and how to quickly get to higher ground. 

Assign A Safe Room

Decide on which room in your home will be your ‘safe room’ to wait out the storm if things get dicey. Store your hurricane emergency there too.

Monitor Hurricane Conditions With A Phone App

The American Red Cross has a Hurricane app that allows you to monitor conditions in your area, find help, and let others know you are okay.

Have A Hurricane Emergency Kit

The first step in your Hurricane Emergency Kit is for each family member needs to have  a 72 Hour Kit that is ready to go in case you need to evacuate. Bonus points if your 72 hour kits include sleeping bags too.  Our post on Simple 72 Hour Kits will walk you through this.

Water

Because of potential flooding contaminating the local water supply, it is important to have enough water on hand to get you through 2 weeks. That comes out to be 14 gallons of water per person.   And that is only enough for drinking.

Furthermore, flooding brings Dangers of  Standing Flood Water, that those of you in Hurricane country need to be aware of.

Did you know you can get about 30 gallons of water from your hot water heater?  We show you how in our How to Get Emergency Water From Water Heaters post.

Pro Tip: *this post contains affiliate links A good item to have on hand in this category is a Water Bob. Simply unfold the Water Bob into your bathtub and fill it with 100 gallons of clean water from the faucet.  Without enough water you are not going to survive hurricane season.

Pro Tip:  With a hurricane comes the need to know how to survive a Boil Notice.

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Food

Two weeks of food for each person in your family.  Stock up on items that can simply be heated up, or items that only require hot water to create a complete meal.

Powerless Cooking

The odds of the power going out during and after a hurricane are high.  Having  a safe way to cook indoors, even if it is just heating stuff up, is important to be able to survive hurricane season.  I really like these GAS ONE Butane Stoves.  Please, stock up on fuel too.

Light

Hands down, one of my favorite survival lighting options is the Luci Inflatable Solar Light. No batteries needed.  (hint:  There’s a two pack inflatable solar survival  lighting option too.)

Flashlights for every family member.

Camping lanterns to light up common family areas.

Survive Hurricane Season

Two Weeks Worth Of Your Every Day Supplies

Medicines
Feminine Supplies
Toilet Paper
Paper Plates, Cups, etc.
Matches
Batteries
No Rinse Wipes for Sanitation
Hand Sanitizer
Baby Items
Pet Items

First Aid Kit

Stock a good first aid kit and know how to use it.

Weather Radio

I’m sorta partial to the Midland NOAA Emergency Weather Radio. It has a solar panel, hand crank, and a rechargeable lithium battery too.  Another good option is the Kaito.

Portable/Solar Chargers

Cell phones can be true life savers during disasters, as long as they are charged, and cell towers are still up. A portable charging station is a necessity.  It’s also a good idea to have a land line during a disaster.

Battery Operated Fans

It’s summer.  It’s humid.  There’s no power and nerves are fried.  Having a battery operated fan for each family member will make life much more survivable.

Generator and Fuel

I know these are expensive.  I also know that during extended emergencies they save lives.  If there is anyway you can manage it, get your self a generator.  If you already have a generator make sure it’s in working order.

PRO TIP: Want to learn more about how to survive hurricane season?  Ready.gov has got some great information to help increase your preparedness.

Have you ever experienced a hurricane? What were your most needed preps?  What did you wish you had?

Diatomaceous Earth Uses And Benefits

Have you ever heard of diatomaceous earth?  No?  Then today is your lucky day.  Read on to discover  diatomaceous earth uses to benefit your home, garden and family!

What Is Diatomaceous Earth?

Diatomaceous earth is special kind of dirt, found in certain deposits around the world.  Essentially, diatomaceous earth is a fossil, ground into a very fine powder.

This is important!  There are two types of DE:  food grade and industrial grade.  Industrial grade DE is toxic to humans and pets.  *this post contains affiliate links Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is non-toxic, and beneficial in many ways.   YOU MUST ONLY BUY AND USE FOOD GRADE DIATOMACEOUS EARTH.  Phew.  It feels good to get that out.

 Diatomaceous Earth Uses

Diatomaceous Earth Uses Around The Home

DE is killer on bugs.  The DE scrapes their exoskeleton and dries it out, leaving the little suckers dead.  So, sprinkle DE around windows and doors to protect from ants and spiders.

Diatomaceous earth uses include treating  bed bug infestations.

Sprinkle DE in your carpet or other areas where you think there may be fleas lurking.  Next, rub it in with a broom, and allow it to sit for 4-12 hours before vacuuming up.  You’ll want to do this once a week for 4 weeks to make sure you’ve killed both fleas and their eggs that may hatch down the road.

Sprinkle DE in your garbage cans for odor control.  Because we always seem to get ants around our garbage cans in the summer, we sprinkle DE around our garbage cans too.

Add DE to your buckets of bulk grain storage to keep pests and moisture out.  You’ll need about 2 cups for every 50 pounds of grain or beans.

But, Wait!  There’s More!

Use to clean up oil spills, as  *this post contains affiliate links Diatomaceous Earth can hold up to TWICE it’s weight in liquid.  Afterwards, sweep up the DE and throw it away. Finally, clean with the spot with soapy water.

Fill a container (like a spice bottle) with DE, and stick it in your fridge with the holes of the spice bottle open.  It will take care of any funky odors!

Scour tough stains! Struggling with a tough stain?  Sprinkle some diatomaceous earth on the stain, then scrub it in.  The extra abrasion will help with the stain, and it rinses away clean.

PRO TIP:  While DE can be taken internally, you do NOT want to breath a bunch of it in as you are using it.  This is a good time to grab one of your face masks and protect your lungs.

Water Stain Remover Recipe

Hard water stains around your water facets? DE to the rescue!

Mix together lemon, vinegar, vegetable oil and DE in a small container. Using a damp cloth, use this paste to scrub the deposits away!

How To Use DE In The Garden

Sprinkle a ring around your garden plants for protection against garden pests.  But NOTE:  DE kills the good guys too.  So, it is best to use it only where you have plants that are really struggling from garden pests.

Apply DE to compost piles to keep odors and bugs away.

Are you a beginning gardener?  You’ll want to read our post on Beginning Backyard Vegetable Gardens

PRO TIP:  If DE gets wet, it has to then be reapplied.

What About Bees And DE?

Good question!  I’m glad you asked.

The best time to use DE in the garden is in the morning, before the bees are out, or late in the evening.  Apply DE close to the ground, where bees are less likely to land.  Finally, do NOT apply DE to flowering plants where the bees would be landing to pollinate.

Pro Tip: ONLY apply DE on non-windy days to avoid it being blown all over the garden, and onto flowering plants.

You can use essential oils in the garden for pest control too.  Try our Homemade Garden Bug Spray With Essential Oils.

What Is The Easiest Way To Apply DE?

I find shaking it on with a *this post contains affiliate links cheese shaker to be the easiest.  For small spaces, you could simply fill  an old spice container and shake it where it needs to go.

For bigger jobs, you’ll want to go with bigger shaker bottles, like these *this post contains affiliate links 32 ounce Clear Plastic Spice Bottle Containers.

Health Benefits of DE

FOOD GRADE Diatomaceous Earth uses include being taken internally as a detoxification agent and to help with digestion issues.

Take about one teaspoon of food-grade diatomaceous earth with water once a day. It’s best used on an empty stomach at least one hour before or two hours after eating.

Drink an additional cup of water after each dose of DE to improve its effects. In general, make sure to consume plenty of water with DE and stay hydrated.

Pro Tip: Before starting any new health protocols, check with your doctor! We here at Simply Preparing are NOT doctors, nor do we play them on the internet.

What are your favorite  Diatomaceous Earth uses?  I’m loving finding new uses for this ‘wonder dirt’!