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.
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!