With all the hype swirling around in the prepping arena, self sustainability, and all that which can be implied, we often times lose sight of the little things that we can and should practice on a daily basis. Every Day Carry or EDC items are keys that can assist in a crisis or simply make a moment of life easier. I can’t tell you how many times that a pocketknife and a Micro-Stream Flashlight has made all the difference in some of life’s little issues. Prepping isn’t all about self-defense and bugging out. I personally make a daily practice of EDC not only on my person but have also employed the use of an EDC carry bag that was manufactured by RothCo. It was an easy transition considering I was already using a brief case for work.
Everything from Band-Aids to power bars, water purification, pistol magazines, tape, and even something as simple as fingernail clippers can be easily stored and carried in an EDC Bag. I personally carry a pocketknife, micro stream flashlight and a Glock 26 9mm with a 10 round capacity magazine at all times, plus my EDC bag, which can easily sustain me for a 24-hour period. We must remember that having a XL Alice Pack with ruck frame loaded down with 60lbs of gear is not always feasible nor a possibility. I am now going to create a scenario where little things matter. Remember, It’s all about the little things…
Imagine yourself arriving at work on any normal day. You step out of your vehicle and begin gathering your daily burdens that you must lug to your office for the day. While walking to your office building, you hear a horrible squealing noise, which is followed by a number of crashing sounds. You immediately drop your paperwork and computer bag and begin to run in the direction of the noise. You round the corner to hear people screaming and find yourself in the middle of a whirlwind of confusion and smoke. A concrete truck ran a red light and a minivan has t-boned the concrete truck. Subsequently, the vehicle behind the mini-van couldn’t stop in adequate time and has pinned the minivan up under the truck frame between the fore and aft wheels. The Mini-van is smoking and you hear someone scream, “the van is on fire” and then you notice the smoke and flames begin to lick the lower sides of the van. You see the driver whom is female slumped over the steering wheel and a sticker on the back glass of a dad, mom, and three little ones all in stick figure format. It is at that moment you get a sinking feeling in your stomach when you notice the car seat frame jutting from over the backseat head rest and see a baby stroller sticking out of the opening where the rear glass used to be.
You hear someone yell a response to a man who just pulled up “911 has been called”, but that doesn’t resolve the fact that you have a mother with possibly three children trapped under a concrete truck with flames beginning to form beneath the vehicle. You notice the man, who just pulled up, is a Navy Corpsman via the cap on his head as he begins to move towards the burning vehicle. After approaching the vehicle, he begins to scream that he needs help and that we have got to get the occupants removed from the vehicle immediately. The Corpsman then attempts to open the driver side door but quickly discovers that the impact has warped the entire frame of the vehicle thus prohibiting the doors from being opened.
While all of this is happening, you have already approached the vehicle and removed your Uzi Pen (affiliate link) from your EDC. This $30 pen, that most people would have thought was a major waste of hard earned money, is worth is weight in gold in this moment due to its window punch head on the aft of the pen. You immediately begin rupturing the window while removing your knife from your pocket. Tossing the knife to the Corpsman, he begins to cut the seatbelts from the mother and drags her from driver seat. She is unconscious with major lacerations to her face, hands, neck, and forearms. As the Corpsman drags the mother to safety, you now have to crawl through the back glass of the van to get to the children due to the flames now beginning to engulf the bottom side of the minivan. You discover that only two of the three children are in the van. The infant, who can’t be much older that 6 months old, is screaming and the 12 year old is unconscious due to knocking out the back passenger side window with the side of her head.
You go to get the infant out and realize that you can’t see to get the seat belt undone due to the smoke coming through the bottom of the minivan. You reach for your knife and remember that you had given it to the corpsman to recover the mother. You immediately pull your EDC bag to the front of yourself and quickly open the bag to find your backup knife. You find it and make quick work of cutting the seat belts from the infant and the 12-year-old. You grab the infant and turn to hand her to someone when a bloody faced man appears, who turns out to be the driver of the truck that has now found itself shoved under the rear end of the minivan, reaching in over his hood into the rear of the van for the child. You hand the infant to the man and turn to find the 12-year-old slump over against the front passenger seat with a large amount of blood running down the rear of the seat. You begin to notice a major change in ambient temperature as you see the flames starting to push their way through the edges of the hood.
You grab the young girl and drag her over the backseat into the storage bay in the rear of the van. You begin to survey for someone to help you get the girl out of the vehicle but see everyone staying back from the van. You begin to scream for help but no one moves. Many of them are on their phone while others are using their phone’s cameras to record the events as they unfold. You immediately realize that help is not coming and you begin to crawl out of the back glass port and kneel down on the hood of what looks to be an old Dodge Power Wagon single cab truck. You reach back in to grab your last victim when you hear a mild explosion and the hood flies open revealing a massive fireball. You, with an adrenaline-laced combination of fear and rage, snatch the girl through the window and hop off the hood.
You combat carry the young girl to the curb where you find the mother bleeding out on the sidewalk. She has a severe laceration to her inner elbow that has blood spurting with each heartbeat and another major laceration to her neck, which has nicked her Juggler Vein. The infant is still screaming but seems to be in good shape. The 12-year-old is still unconscious with visible head trauma and a possible broken right arm. The corpsman begins to scream for a belt to put on her arm to slow the bleeding of her Median Cubital Vein and is asking for another shirt to put on her neck because his shirt is completely soaked with blood.
You drop to your knees and pull a combat tourniquet and an emergency QuickClot bandage (affiliate link) package from your EDC. The corpsman quickly places the tourniquet on the upper bicep and begins cranking down as you tear open your QuickClot Emergency First Aid Package. You take the QuickClot bandage and place it firmly to her neck and reach for your small electrical tape to use to fasten it to her neck. This may be a crude form of holding a QuickClot to someone’s neck but in the midst of treating the mother, the 12-year-old daughter is gaining consciousness and is going into shock. You tell the corpsman to attend to the 12-year-old as you finish wrapping the QuickClot bandage to her neck.
A by-stander steps forward and begins to point and shout that the EMS and Fire Department were arriving. The van is totally engulfed in flames, the dodge power wagon is in the beginning stages of catching fire, and the concrete truck is on fire due to the motor explosion. The fire fighters immediately take to the task of putting out the flames as the EMTs rush towards us to tend to the crash victims. When the EMTs step in to tend to the crash victims, you step back almost in shock at what has happened. You stand in the middle of a group of people who didn’t know what to do and were not prepared to be able to do what had to be done to save a life. Your EDC bag made it possible for you to save lives and to help those who, at that moment, could not help themselves. Your EDC became a Life Preserver and you were the Life Guard on duty. You had the civil duty and responsibility to step up and help in a time of calamity. You demonstrated what a Prepper truly is. Prepping isn’t all about self-preservation but also working to preserve those that are around you.