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The Ten Essentials

By now, if you have scanned any wilderness survival sites, you have seen list upon list of what the 24 hour pack should include.  Trying to compare lists and adding my own items I have ended up with a mountain of items and wondered if I should just consider a pack horse thinking about the 72 hour pack?

If you think of the 10 essentials as 10 categories, (not items) then you understand that the 24 hour pack is just more of the same, different versions of others, overnight gear, and "What if...."

First Aid
  Tools & Repair
Sun Protection
Child Safety- Prepare and Prevention

Child ID
One of the most important tools for law enforcement when searching for a missing child is an up-to-date, good quality photo along with descriptive information. A Child ID kit is a simple yet effective tool to help families maintain current photos of and descriptive information about their children

WEA/ Amber Alerts
Beginning January 1, 2013, the alerts reach 97% of all people in the area where the child has been abducted through the Wireless Alert (WEA) which is also called the Commercial Mobile Alert System  (CMAS). The alerts are now targeted to cell towers instead of relying on zip codes.   If you have a mobile device in the area where the alert is issued, you will automatically receive the alert.  The goal of the wireless industry is to have all phones compatible with the system by the end of 2013. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) operates WEA and distributes alerts from authorized government agencies about emergency situations to customers with capable mobile devices.  WEA is also used for
National Weather Service, Presidential, and Imminent Threat Alerts.
WEA issued the shelter-in-place  "phone siren" alert during the  Boston Bombing.

Oklahoma Missing Amber Alerts

NCMEC- National Emergency Child Locator Center
Families may become separated during the chaos of a natural disaster, especially when evacuation is required. More than 5,000 children were separated from their families after Hurricane Katrina.  It is important to plan for your family’s safety. The NECLC  assist in the location of children and the reunification of families resulting from the disaster or subsequent evacuations.  Learn how to prepare.

prepares children to behave responsibly when confronted with issues such as cyber bullying, inappropriate content, online exploitation, revealing too much information, sexting and scams.

Hug-A-Tree and Survive

A educational program developed for children after the death of  Jimmy Beveridge in 1981, who became lost in the woods.  He was recovered by SAR after 4 days.  Prepare your children  with just a few extra minutes of time and a few items to carry.  Many children are alive today because of their experience with the Hug-a-Tree and Survive program. 

Contact OKMSAR, and we will be happy to present a Hug-A-Tree program for your school, church, or organization.