Feds Order ‘Survival Kits’ for Employees at Major Banks…

ATMDo you have a survival kit?


The Department of Treasury is seeking to order survival kits for all of its employees who oversee the federal banking system, according to a new solicitation.

The emergency supplies would be for every employee at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), which conducts on-site reviews of banks throughout the country. The survival kit includes everything from water purification tablets to solar blankets.

The government is willing to spend up to $200,000 on the kits, according to the solicitation released on Dec. 4.

The survival kits must come in a fanny-pack or backpack that can fit all of the items, including a 33-piece personal first aid kit with “decongestant tablets,” a variety of bandages, and medicines.

The kits must also include a “reusable solar blanket” 52 by 84 inches long, a 2,400-calorie food bar, “50 water purification tablets,” a “dust mask,” “one-size fits all poncho with hood,” a rechargeable lantern with built-in radio, and an “Air-Aid emergency mask” for protection against airborne viruses.

Survival kits will be delivered to every major bank in the United States including Bank of America, American Express Bank, BMO Financial Corp., Capitol One Financial Corporation, Citigroup, Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Company, and Wells Fargo.

Items will also be delivered to OCC offices across the country, from Champaign, Ill. to Billings, Mont. The agency also has offices in Sioux City, Iowa; Joplin, Mo.; and Fargo, N.D.

The mission of the OCC is to “ensure that national banks and federal savings associations operate in a safe and sound manner, provide fair access to financial services, treat customers fairly, and comply with applicable laws and regulations.”

The agency has roughly 3,814 employees, each of which would receive a survival kit. The staff includes “bank examiners” who provide “sustained supervision” of major banks in the United States.

“Examiners analyze loan and investment portfolios, funds management, capital, earnings, liquidity, sensitivity to market risk for all national banks and federal thrifts, and compliance with consumer banking laws for national banks and thrifts with less than $10 billion in assets,” the OCC website explains. “They review internal controls, internal and external audit, and compliance with law. They also evaluate management’s ability to identify and control risk.”

It is not clear why the Treasury Department is ordering the kits. Contracts for survival kits are usually made for the military, or law enforcement such as the FBI.

The OCC did not return request for comment before publication of this story.

original post: Treasury Department Seeking Survival Kits For Bank Employees | Washington Free Beacon

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An EMT’s EDC

There are some real good ideas for a EDC or BoB First Aid Kit.

The EMT's Daily Carry

As you’d probably guess, being an EMT means you tend to keep a good amount of first aid gear on you at all times. Everyday Carry reader Tony shares his bag that’s packed with enough gear to patch up just about anyone until help arrives.

The bag’s a Fastpack EDC by TAD. Here’s what’s inside:

If you have a great go bag with a useful organization scheme and great features, let us know! You can share your bag by posting it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag featured bag or adding it to our Lifehacker Go Bag Show and Tell Flickr pool. Photos must be at least at least 640×360. Please include information about your bag, what you put in it, and any relevant details about how you made it awesome. If yours catches our eye, we might just feature it!

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Townships Warn Ferguson Area Residents to STOCK UP ON WATER, FOOD, MEDICINE Before Michael Brown Decision

Everyone’s a prepper when the SHTF…

St. Louis area schools and townships are warning residents to stock up on water, food and medicine before the Mike Brown court decision.

Local officials fear a violent response to the St. Louis County Court’s decision.

Over three dozen businesses were vandalized and looted during the Ferguson rioting in August.

The City of Berkeley, near Ferguson, released this statement warning residents to stock up on water, food and medicine before the verdict is announced.

*Make sure you have plenty of bottled water (a gallon per person per day), and non-perishable, easy-to-access food in case you cannot get to a local store for a few days.

berkeley notice

full article: St. Louis Schools – Townships Warn Residents to STOCK UP ON WATER, FOOD, MEDICINE Before #MikeBrown Decision | The Gateway Pundit

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FO Time: *the Other Ham Radio Podcast*

Just a little shout out to a new favorite podcast of mine. FO Time: *the Other Ham Radio Podcast*


FO Time: *the Other Ham Radio Podcast*

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The Four Pillars of Individual Proficiency – FOM

FOMag200x2001“In developing their analysis, the leadership within the Ranger Regiment realized there are four basic pillars to individual combat effectiveness. Unless these four areas are mastered, the individual on the battlefield will not be able to perform his part in any real world combat scenario effectively. Mastery of these four areas though, allows you to adapt them to perform any task successfully.

Those four pillars are Physical Conditioning, Marksmanship, Trauma medicine, and Battle Skills/Drills.”

original post: The Four Pillars of Individual Proficiency | Forward Observer Magazine

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