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#246919 - 06/11/12 08:10 PM Re: Four Things to Always Have With You at Work [Re: barbakane]
chaosmagnet Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 3403
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: barbakane
Is it wrong of me to ask about cell phone?


This is one of the most essential parts of my EDC, and it's on my person or in arm's reach at all times, excepting only when I'm swimming or in the shower.

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#246920 - 06/11/12 08:30 PM Re: Four Things to Always Have With You at Work [Re: Bear_Claw_Chris_Lapp]
unimogbert Offline
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Registered: 08/10/06
Posts: 860
Loc: Colorado
Originally Posted By: Bear_Claw_Chris_Lapp
Originally Posted By: unimogbert
Windowless building get REALLY dark then.


That message got brought home to me many years ago in a large (but old) downtown shopping mall. Built long before the modern passive skylight phase, when a storm knocked out power and their backup lighting failed. 12:30 in the afternoon, but you could not see your hand in front of your face inside that mall, but for my small keyring light.


No matter how long you wait, you can't dark adapt to that much dark. My photon microlite let me find my way to my mini-maglite in my backpack.

The senior manager in the area didn't think I was being reasonable when I suggested that he have the area evacuated when Facilities was going to turn off ALL lighting AGAIN to troubleshoot. He thought everyone would be fine if they just didn't move.

He reinforced for me that your own safety is your own responsibility. (But visitors to this site already know that. :-)

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#246924 - 06/11/12 09:33 PM Re: Four Things to Always Have With You at Work [Re: unimogbert]
haertig Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 03/13/05
Posts: 2188
Loc: Colorado
Those four items would all be great if one of the potential threats you see is a building collapse (due to weather, mad bomber, etc.) But I don't see the bandana as being a routine requirement everywhere. Maybe not even the whistle. Flashlight and knife - yeah - I agree on that for sure. Those two items I use multiple times every single day. Not even requiring an emergency for me to need them.

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#246927 - 06/11/12 09:47 PM Re: Four Things to Always Have With You at Work [Re: KI6IW]
clearwater Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 03/19/05
Posts: 1163
Loc: Channeled Scablands
I use scissors every day.

For those not allowed a knife, perhaps a cheap pair of EMT snips nearby?

They are the only things allowed off the ground in many ropes challenge courses. They still cut climbing rope and clothing but
less likely to accidentally cut a person or the WRONG rope if
the person slips.

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#246930 - 06/11/12 11:12 PM Re: Four Things to Always Have With You at Work [Re: Arney]
KI6IW Offline
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Registered: 12/23/05
Posts: 203
Loc: San Francisco Bay Area, USA
Thanks Arney. That is it!
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#246931 - 06/11/12 11:18 PM Re: Four Things to Always Have With You at Work [Re: barbakane]
KI6IW Offline
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Registered: 12/23/05
Posts: 203
Loc: San Francisco Bay Area, USA
I believe that cell phones are a great tool. But they can stop working for a variety of reasons (some of which are beyond our control).

I did this drill with my local CERT group. Two found dead batteries in EDC flashlights (not mine). All of the women had whistles, none of the men (but they were in their go bags).

Thanks everyone for helping me source this for my group.
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#246933 - 06/11/12 11:33 PM Re: Four Things to Always Have With You at Work [Re: haertig]
chaosmagnet Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 3403
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: haertig
Those four items would all be great if one of the potential threats you see is a building collapse (due to weather, mad bomber, etc.) But I don't see the bandana as being a routine requirement everywhere. Maybe not even the whistle. Flashlight and knife - yeah - I agree on that for sure. Those two items I use multiple times every single day. Not even requiring an emergency for me to need them.


A whistle is very light with minimal bulk. While I don't use one often at all (most commonly to get someone's attention at the range) it's worth it to me to carry one all the time.

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#246938 - 06/12/12 12:29 AM Re: Four Things to Always Have With You at Work [Re: chaosmagnet]
hikermor Offline
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Geezer

Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 7324
Loc: southern Cal
I find a bandanna to be incredibly versatile, and that is why one rides in my left rear pocket almost always. Situations vary..... I did have a whistle on my key ring, but took it off, putting it on a lanyard in my briefcase. It will be on body if deep in the woods. I also like to e close to some sort of fire making apparatus - my current favorite is a split pea lighter - it stands up to key ring carry quite well. And there is still room on my key ring for .....Keys!
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#246948 - 06/12/12 02:24 AM Re: Four Things to Always Have With You at Work [Re: haertig]
Russ Offline
Geezer

Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 5338
Loc: SOCAL
I agree with the (?) regarding the bandana. I never carry one because I've never needed one. I could put my hands on an N95 mask and nitrile gloves faster than a bandana.

Knife, whistle and flashlight are easy. I can get to my EDC backpack with my eyes closed and it has those and much more.
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#246952 - 06/12/12 04:18 AM Re: Four Things to Always Have With You at Work [Re: KI6IW]
TeacherRO Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 2464
I think a cell phone is a great addition; info,( news) contacts, emergency flashlight, apps, gps and more.

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