Emergency Surgical/Dental Equipment and Long Term Food Supplies

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Hi Everyone. It may seem a weird question, but me and my partner are wanting to start storing these items for emergencies, with the world being topsy turvy these days! Australia can no longer import any of these items in, so we are now forced to look around Aus, but have had no luck in the last few months. Does anyone out there know of any suppliers? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Cheers, Aimie
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Reply By: CruisinDub - Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 01:12

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 01:12
Hi Aimie,

I have a pretty comprehensive medical kit I plan to bring with me back home to Australia in anticipation of our extended travels upon return.
We had originally planned to return to Australia overland, hence our comprehensive medical kit, but have since preferred to start and take an extended time in Aust.
Having made this up from various ships medical supplies surplus to our vessels requirements, its not anything that can bought as a kit.
Making up the same as I have is easily done, just not as cost effective as o
I have now been informed that we can not import this equipment into Australia with the rest of our belongings.
Best case scenario is we will be forced to pay import tax/duty on the items. (and maybe a fine for attempting to) or they will confiscate all items.
Everyting medical must be declared, although to import freely into Australia as well as meeting the quaratine laws, all tiems must be of a personal nature and must be owned and 'used' for 12 months or more.

Medical kit inlcudes emergency dental repair and other items. I am medically trained as a ships medical officer so I am competent to administer some treatment.

As far as food, that may be a different scenario, for long term food, most tins and cans have a good shelf life for storage, at least for any households isolated by floods or cut off they will last long enough, just rotate with your normal household stock.
At home as a young fella, we used to always prepare for such situations, with emergency drinking water, radios, torches and spare batteries, tins food, wet and cold weather gear and blankets etc in preparation of being cut off or losing power for any extended periods of time.
In any case, it would only be a few days/week etc.

But it does seem as though your preparing for world war 3.
Is there anything you know that others dont?
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Follow Up By: Member - Aimie L (NSW) - Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 11:45

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 11:45
thanks for this - interesting. Nothing no-one else doesn't know already, just seems such commonplace in other first world countries and is freely available to purchase but not in Australia. We just like to be prepared is all for any emergency. Just makes sense! With volcanoes exploding and tsunami's becoming increasingly a way of life, we just think its smart to be a little prepared. We just weren't expecting to face so many closed doors here. Seems strange. Anyway, thanks heaps to everyone for responding with their ideas. Cheers. Aimie
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Follow Up By: Fatso - Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 19:57

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 19:57
Don't forget to worry about SARS, Ebola Virus, global warming, the hole in the ozone layer, malaria, drought, flood, aids, hepatitis, clamidia (its on the rise you know), low bone density, recession, the Asian invasion, salmonella, food additives, cancer, DDT, agent orange, dingoes that take babies, the red under the bed, pit bulls, carcinogens in plastics, chemicals in soap, fluoride, cholesterol, salt, sugar, Kevin Rudd, cane toads, the millennium bug, peak oil production, jaws, the effects of all those drugs you took as a teenager, stranger danger, if Rep realy loves Charlotte, getting caught surfing porn.
I gotta stop now. I am starting to get the shakes. I have to go & take a vallium or a lithium or something & calm down.
By the way. Did you know that of all the natural disasters & diseases the one that has killed the most humans is DROUGHT.
Some parts of Australia have been in drought conditions for 40 years & the only people to die from it have been farmers suiciding.
Sad fact.
Take a look around at this country. We are & can probably expect to be a wealthy nation for at least the rest of your life. We have an incredible food distribution network & health system. People in this country only starve because of self abuse or self generated individual misfortune.
Even during WW1 & WW2 no body starved on mainland Australia.
So don't worryAimie, it will be allright.
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 20:32

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 20:32
Fatso...well said, thats worth framing.......maybe even put it on a teeshirt.
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Reply By: Member - Christopher P (NSW) - Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 10:05

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 10:05
Hi Aimie, i have being doing a lot of web searching lately and have found a place where you can get some emergency rations, standard waiver applies. I do not know of these people other than doing a web search. I hope this helps with your "be prepared" idea.

Emergency rations

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Reply By: John and Lynne - Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 10:21

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 10:21
A better approach might be to eat well, take good care of your body and teeth and worry less. Try growing your own fresh fruit and vegies and even running a freezer or bottling kit etc off solar power if you don't trust the grid.
Apart from the possible dubious quality of processed food and drugs purchased from overseas sources (and import restrictions) the shelf life of any such items is not very long so, unless Armageddon strikes within 12 months or so of purchase they will cost a lot and probably not help you much. Your own home grown veggies would be better and cheaper and provide you with healthy exercise as well! Cheers Lynne
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Reply By: Fred G NSW - Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 12:06

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 12:06
I reckon Jessica Watson might be able to give you a few tips on how to stock up without going near a a supermarket/pharmacy for seven months or so
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 14:06

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 14:06
Might be worth checking out this site and thread.


http://www.aussurvivalist.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=13962&PN=1


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Reply By: olcoolone - Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 14:35

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 14:35
" It may seem a weird question, but me and my partner are wanting to start storing these items for emergencies, with the world being topsy turvy these days! Australia can no longer import any of these items in"

What items can't be imported anymore?
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Reply By: Member - The Bushwhackers -NSW - Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 20:04

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 20:04
Hi Aimie

Just had a look at Jessica Watsons site. One of the sponsors was Easyfoods. They claim no refrigeration reqired, and up to 18 months shelf life.

Have a look here Easyfoods

Obviously no affiliation yada yada....
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