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February 2018

Chemical Protection- The Steps to Guard Yourself from SLUDGEM

Chemical Protection- The Steps to Guard Yourself from SLUDGEM

By | chemical attack preparation, chemical attacks properness, terrorist attack preparation

Chemical protection has become a scary reality in recent years, as the use of these dangerous and volatile chemical weapons have been used in several attacks that have taken place, specifically in Syria. Chemical weapons are usually a toxic chemical contained in a delivery system such as a bomb or shell that will release a chemical agent or nerve agent into the environment. These weapons may lead to massive destruction and danger to those exposed. Taking steps to protect yourself from chemical exposure or SLUDGEM (Salivation, Lacrimation, Urination, Defecation, Gastrointestinal upset, Emesis, Miosis) will be essential in ensuring you guard your health and environment against chemical harm.

SLUDGEMWhat is SLUDGEM

The acronym SLUDGEM- also known as Salivation, Lacrimation (tearing), Urination, Defecation, Gastrointestinal upset, Emesis, and Miosis- is used to describe the acute effects of nerve agent exposure. Nerve agents will elicit an overstimulation of the muscles by an excessive collection of neurotransmitters acetylcholine. When nerve agents are released into the environment either in liquid or vapor form, the “human pesticides” will affect those exposed and can lead to health conditions like SLUDGEM. Inhalation will create an onset of these symptoms within minutes or even seconds, whereas being absorbed through the skin the symptoms may show up in 30 minutes to even 18 hours after exposure. Chemical protection, based on the symptoms above, are items to consider, and gear that you may want to be armed with in case a chemical attack or release occurs in your environment.

What Does Nerve Gas do to Human Health?

Nerve agents are classified as highly toxic and quick acting chemicals that affect exposed individuals. These agents enter the body primarily through the respiratory tract but can also be absorbed through other means including the eyes and skin. When an individual is exposed to nerve agents, the agent before it enters the body will inhibit the normal acetylcholinesterase action- a chemical within the body that’s normal function is to break down the chemical acetylcholine-will block the acetylcholinesterase from breaking down the acetylcholine which will cause extreme muscle cramps. Also, other symptoms will possibly be elicited such as SLUDGEM signs.

Types of Nerve Gas Used in Chemical Attacks

Nerve agents are all colorless liquids that can be used in different methods to attack or harm many people. Nerve agents have developed a dominant role among lethal CW agents since World War II. The name nerve agents come from its ability to affect the transmission of nerve impulses in the nervous system. The top types of nerve gas used in chemical attacks in recent years are Sarin, VX, Tabun, and Soman. VX gas will mainly be effective through direct contact with the skin, whereas conversely, Sarin will be mainly taken up through the respiratory organs. And both Soman and Tabun gas can easily be taken in through skin contact or through the respiratory system.

Chemical attacks such as in Syria has invoked a major concern to be prepared with chemical protection gear that can shield yourself and your environment in the event of a chemical attack or release in your area. Syria has the world’s largest stockpile of chemical weapons following Russia and the United States. Thus, having chemical decontamination gear and a plan of attack for a potential chemical attack can be vital in ultimate protection.

FAST-ACT Chemical SpillsSLUDGEM – Steps to Protect Yourself

How can you protect yourself from a potential chemical attack? Planning accordingly for any type of chemical release is your first step in ensuring that you minimize the potential risks to not only your health but your environment. Below is a step by step guide on the necessary steps to implement when dealing with a chemical attack or release.

Step 1: Remove Exposed Individuals to a Safe Area

Identifying and being aware of the areas that are compromised by nerve agents is vital. You want to make sure that if you are in an exposed environment that you immediately and as swiftly as possible go to a safe area to help reduce the looming risks. The longer the time of exposure the increased level of danger to your body and health.

Step 2: Chemical Decontamination-Surface & Air

The next step is to neutralize the released chemicals or nerve agents that have been exposed in your environment. Finding a product and technology that can effectively neutralize the exposed chemical warfare agents is needed to ensure that you are safely and efficiently ridding the environment of the toxic chemicals. FAST-ACT utilizes a proprietary formulation of non-toxic high-performance specialty materials effective at neutralizing a wide range of toxic chemicals with the added capability to destroy chemical warfare agents. FAST-ACT comes in a variety of applications from surface decontamination to vapor decontamination products. The FAST-ACT 500 Gram Shaker Bottle is ideal to use for liquid chemical releases, the powder is applied on the direct chemical release giving it the ability to work to completely neutralize the nerve agents or chemicals. The FAST-ACT Pressurized Cylinder is used for vapor chemical releases and acts like a fire extinguisher releasing the technology out into the air to neutralize the chemicals.

(FAST-ACT also offers compact chemical decon products that are lightweight and easily applied in chemical releases. Check out the FAST-ACT Chemical Decontamination Kit for more information!)

Step 3: Health Support for Those Exposed

Exposure, in any increment, could lead to health problems and getting a check-up to ensure that you are in good health following this event is important. In some cases, you may need to be administered atropine- a medication used to treat certain types of nerve agent and pesticide poisonings- to aid in the removal of nerve agents in your body and stop symptoms of SLUDGEM in its tracts.

Chemical exposure can be hazardous to your health and environment, and thus having chemical protection gear can be critical in protecting both these things. The effect of nerve agents such as SLUDGEM can be stopped before they happen, with the help of handy chemical protection gear within arms reach.

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EDC Survival Items for Chemical Protection

EDC Survival Items for Chemical Protection

By | chemical attack preparation

EDC (AKA Everyday Carry) are items that you on a continual basis bring with you as a means to protect yourself from possible emergency situations that can occur in your environment. Natural disasters, economic collapses, and even terrorist attacks could happen but the timing in which it will occur is ambiguous. You never know when disaster will strike, and thus having prepper gear like EDC items on hand can help you better be prepared for any unforeseen event that can strike and have a shtfplan ready to implement.

The Importance of Everyday Carry Gear for Chemical Attacks

The basic EDC items usually consist of knives, flashlights, multitools, wallet, smartphone, and lighters to name a few. Although these items can be extremely useful in a variety of situations, these items will not provide protection against chemical attacks, a potential imminent threat that people should be prepared against. Chemical attacks are the spreading of toxic chemicals with the intent do to harm to the exposed area and the people in the environment. The danger lies in the chemicals used in the attack as chemical warfare agents such as mustard gas, sarin gas, lewisite and chlorine can be deployed causing destruction and harm. Recently, chemical attacks have become an increased risk as attacks of this nature have been used in Syria for the last year. Understanding the dangers and threats that a chemical attack can present in the environment is reason enough to consider including chemical protection gear in your EDC items. The list below are a few chemical protection items to ponder including in your EDC bag or ultimate bug out bag.

1.) Hazmat Suit

A hazmat suite, or hazardous material suit was designed as a full body garment to protect wearers against dangerous chemicals and substances that are in the environment. Hazmat suites are a form of personal protective equipment (PPE) that offer ultimate protection. When a chemical attack is deployed dangerous chemicals are released into the air and can be absorbed into the body through the skin. Thus, having proper protection such as a hazmat suit to guard and protect your skin from this intake will aid in defending your overall health.

2.) Extra Clothing

After exposure to a chemical attack your clothing can become contaminated by these chemicals, as the chemicals can become absorbed into the fabric of the clothing. When chemicals are contained in clothing it can then be spread onto your skin leading to chemicals getting into your body from contact. Making sure you have a pair of extra clothes to change into after a chemical release will ensure that you minimize the risk of chemical exposure.

3.) Decontamination Supplies

If chemicals make their way into your personal environment, especially in a liquid form, decontamination and neutralization of these chemicals are vital to yourself and your environment. FAST-ACT provides quick and effective applications with their varying products that work to decontaminate chemicals at the source. The FAST-ACT technology is a proprietary formulation of non-toxic high-performance specialty materials that are effective at neutralizing a wide range of toxic chemicals with the added capability to destroy chemical warfare agents. All you need to have on hand for a chemical release is the FAST-ACT Chemical Decontamination Kit that provides you a variety of different supplies in a compact size for your EDC and that can work to neutralize the released chemical. The FAST-ACT Chemical Decontamination Kit includes:

  • FAST-ACT Decon Mitt (4 Mitts)
  • FAST-ACT Sorbent Powder Bottle Set
  • FAST-ACT Microfiber Towel Set
  • FAST-ACT/ VapourKlenz Face Masks (3)
  • User Manual and Product Information

4.) Eye Protection

Serious and possibly irreversible harm can occur when chemical substances contact the eyes in the form of either splash, mists, vapors, or fumes. Thus, having proper eye protection to shield yourself from chemicals in the air can be critical in protecting your vision. Goggles are the primary eye protection to have on hand, as goggles seal around your eyes to prevent chemicals from seeping into this area.

Air Purifying Respirator5.) Air Purifying Respirator

Breathing in chemicals is one of the biggest health dangers associated with a chemical attack, which correlates with having proper breathing protection against chemical threats. An air purifying respirator could be an important EDC item to include in your arsenal. An air purifying respirator is a mask that has either filters, cartridges, or canisters that remove contaminants from the air by passing the ambient air through the air-purifying element before it reaches the user. The FAST-ACT VapourKlenz Face Mask offers the FAST-ACT patented neutralization technology in a comfortable face mask to aid in nuisance particulates and chemical odor removal. The mask is lightweight and can easily be included into your EDC bag for ultimate chemical vapor protection.

Everyday Carry (EDC) items may be critical in aiding you during an emergency situation, which makes selecting your EDC items carefully very important. Keeping chemical protection in mind and having the necessary protective gear in your EDC bag to defend against a chemical attack could ultimately be a lifesaver!

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